Reports lodged against Asri for defaming the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
Asri’s controversial claims:
- The authorities were turning a blind eye toward illegal gambling activities and the selling of smuggled cigarettes in Sg Buloh
- Shah Alam City Council’s Sungai Buloh branch personnel had been biased in carrying out enforcement duties
- Police officers do not perform their prayers, which explains their low moral standard
The police have opened two investigation papers on Mohd Asri Hamid, also known as Asri Janggut, after the Hot Burger Malaysia founder alleged that most police and army personnel do not perform their prayers, which explains their low moral standard.
Asri was alleged to have made the statement in a 31-second video recording that has gone viral.
Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department’s Prosecution and Law Division (D5) principal assistant director SAC Mior Faridalathrash said Asri would be called to have his statements taken this week by Classified Criminal Investigations Department (USJT).
He said that Asri is being investigated following reports lodged against him for defaming the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) and Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM).
Two reports were lodged at police stations in Jalan Travers and Jalan Tun Razak today.
“The case is classified under Section 505(c) of the Penal Code for causing public alarm and Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 for improper use of network facilities or service,” Mior said.
In his reaction today, Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador described Asri’s accusation as farfetched and excessive, and one that should not be expressed publicly.
“That (prayer) is between you and God, and the police have never sidelined it. Moral and religious learning are always encouraged within the force.
“The police also have a hafiz (Quran memoriser), and every district police headquarters (IPD) has a surau (prayer area),” he said.
Asri made headlines last Saturday after claiming that the authorities were turning a blind eye toward illegal gambling activities and the selling of smuggled cigarettes in Sg Buloh.
Sg Buloh OCPD Supt Shafa’aton Abu Bakar later lodged a complaint alleging that the accusation was defamatory in nature and damaged the reputation of the police force.
Asri’s claim also attracted the attention of Hamid and Home Minister Hamzah Zainudin, who both summoned him for further explanation.
Meanwhile, it was reported that the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) took action against the burger trader because he refused to move to a designated area for stalls.
MBSA deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan said the council had offered Asri a lot, but he rejected and insisted to do his business along the roadside.
“We offered him a lot at the temporary site along Jalan 1A/3, but he rejected the offer, and continued his business at the roadside that had triggered a safety issue and disrupted traffic in the area,” he said.
Asri had claimed that MBSA’s Sungai Buloh branch personnel had been biased in carrying out enforcement duties.
In an interview yesterday, Asri had cited the lack of performing prayers for the poor morals among security personnel.
“Smoking, not praying. Try asking any policeman whether they perform the subuh (dawn) prayer.
Kenyataan peniaga burger, Mohd Asri Hamid atau Asri Janggut yang mendakwa kebanyakan anggota polis dan tentera merokok dan tidak jaga solat mencetuskan kontroversi.
— PANG CHINN FEI (@CHINNFEI) August 12, 2020
“When was the last time they led their wives in subuh prayers?
“Have they asked their children what the shahadah is?”
Meanwhile, Asri took to Facebook to post an apology.
“I admit my shortcomings, hastiness and ignorance. I feel very ashamed, regretful and guilty over this matter.
“I wish to ask for a thousand apologies due to my ignorance,” he wrote.